How do I access the Cycle Prep course? Cycle Prep is currently hosted in two formats: as an online, self-paced course which you can purchase through the Teachable platform, or as a *live* workshop hosted for a group via Zoom (or in-person if you are local to the Boston area!). The content of both presentations is the same; however, the live workshop includes an additional Q&A portion. You can learn more about how to book a live workshop for your group here.
What age is this best for? Ideally, a girl would attend this workshop prior to the start of her period-- so the materials are actually written to appeal to girls in 3rd-5th grade as a primary audience; however, some parents may want to wait until their girls are little older to take the course. So teens who have already started their period will still gain a lot of good information about cycle science, hygiene, and self-care throughout the cycle.
Do these workshops cover sex-ed? Cycle Prep is not a sex-ed workshop. We mention the role of the cycle as a means to eventually carry a pregnancy and briefly discuss the "equation of life" (egg + sperm = baby), but the focus of the workshop is on cycle science, period education, and personal care throughout the cycle.
Do these workshops cover other puberty changes? Body changes are briefly mentioned, but this workshop is focused solely on menarche. As part of the course, parents receive a resource sheet which contains suggestions for books that cover other puberty changes.
Is this a religious workshop? I am a woman of faith and my materials have been crafted so that they do not conflict with the teachings of the Catholic Church; however, there is nothing religious within the workshop. Every girl deserves accurate knowledge about her growing body along with practical suggestions for self-care and care for others.
Will you teach the girls how to chart their cycles? We do not cover cycle charting within this workshop; however, if you are interested in learning about charting for teens, I have written a Charting Guide for Girls, which covers the basics of charting for self-knowledge and health. The introduction video is free to preview on Teachable. The program does not include charting for fertility but does teach older girls how to chart for ovulation as a sign of health.
How can I bring this program to my school/parish/community? Anyone looking to bring a live workshop to their community can visit the info page and contact me for more details about pricing, scheduling, and advertising. If you are working for a school system, parish, or diocese, you may want to consider becoming a Care Champion: this allows organizations to offer discounts on all of the Cycle Prep online programs to their communities. Unfortunately I am unable to train additional in-person facilitators at this time.
Want a sneak peak on how Cycle Prep introduces certain ideas? Follow @pearlandthistle on Instagram, or look for the hashtag #CyclePrep